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Lessons Learned in 
Project Management 
The Value of Holding Lessons Learned Meetings
What We Will Learn 
Agenda 
• What is a Lessons Learned Meeting 
• Value in Holding a Lessons Learned Meeting
Lessons Learned Meeting 
Lessons Learned Meeting Definitions 
• A task in the closing phase of the project management life...
Lessons Learned Meeting 
Our Definition 
A lessons learned meeting is a formal meeting held at the close of a project 
tha...
Lessons Learned Meeting 
Who, When, What, How and Why of Lessons Learned Meetings 
Who: 
● Project sponsor 
● Project requ...
Lessons Learned Meeting 
The Who, When, What, How and Why of Lessons Learned Meetings 
When: 
● At the end of a project
Lessons Learned Meeting 
The Who, When, What, How and Why of Lessons Learned Meetings 
What: 
● Review scope, objectives a...
Lessons Learned Meeting 
The Who, When, What, How and Why of Lessons Learned Meetings 
How: 
● Include a Lessons Learned m...
Lessons Learned Meeting 
The Who, When, What, How and Why of Lessons Learned Meetings 
Why: 
● Recognize strengths 
● Lear...
Value of Lessons Learned 
Value in Holding Lessons Learned Meetings 
● Continuous improvement 
● Team building 
● Acknowle...
Value of Lessons Learned 
Value in Holding Lessons Learned Meetings 
Lesson learned meeting are an important management to...
Value of Lessons Learned 
Value in Holding Lessons Learned Meetings 
Discuss and document lessons learned so that future p...
Value of Lessons Learned 
Value in Holding Lessons Learned Meetings 
Reflection in project management provides the opportu...
Project Management 
As a project manager, make time to reflect 
on lessons learned as this will improve your 
work and con...
Project Management 
Questions and Discussion 
Lessons Learned in Project Management 
by Sally Peters 
2014
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Lessons Learned in Project Management: The Value in Holding Lessons Learned Meetings

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Lessons Learned in Project Management: The Value in Holding Lessons Learned Meetings

  1. 1. Lessons Learned in Project Management The Value of Holding Lessons Learned Meetings
  2. 2. What We Will Learn Agenda • What is a Lessons Learned Meeting • Value in Holding a Lessons Learned Meeting
  3. 3. Lessons Learned Meeting Lessons Learned Meeting Definitions • A task in the closing phase of the project management lifecycle. • A formal meeting held at the end of the project where project team members discuss and evaluate the project. • Post implementation review a project and documentation of the overall level of success. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. Dr Carl Sagan
  4. 4. Lessons Learned Meeting Our Definition A lessons learned meeting is a formal meeting held at the close of a project that is attended by key project participants where the project is discussed and evaluated and findings are documented with the intention of learning from the experience and improving future project management work.
  5. 5. Lessons Learned Meeting Who, When, What, How and Why of Lessons Learned Meetings Who: ● Project sponsor ● Project requestor(s) ● Project team members ● Project manager ● Key stakeholders No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it. H.E. Luccock
  6. 6. Lessons Learned Meeting The Who, When, What, How and Why of Lessons Learned Meetings When: ● At the end of a project
  7. 7. Lessons Learned Meeting The Who, When, What, How and Why of Lessons Learned Meetings What: ● Review scope, objectives and deliverables ● Identify what contributed to the success of the project ● Identify what could have gone better ● Note strengths and weaknesses ● Share experiences
  8. 8. Lessons Learned Meeting The Who, When, What, How and Why of Lessons Learned Meetings How: ● Include a Lessons Learned meeting in the project plan ● Set a clear agenda ● Establish ground rules ● Engage all participants ● Make notes ● Build a knowledge base Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Kierkegaard
  9. 9. Lessons Learned Meeting The Who, When, What, How and Why of Lessons Learned Meetings Why: ● Recognize strengths ● Learn from our mistakes ● Celebrate success ● Reflect of the process ● Improve our work ● Share our experience
  10. 10. Value of Lessons Learned Value in Holding Lessons Learned Meetings ● Continuous improvement ● Team building ● Acknowledgement ● Reflection ● Closure ● Historical record Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience. Denis Waitleyes.
  11. 11. Value of Lessons Learned Value in Holding Lessons Learned Meetings Lesson learned meeting are an important management tool for: ● Learning from mistakes ● Understanding where problems occur ● Recognizing success ● Retaining organizational knowledge ● Reducing future project risk ● Improving future project performance
  12. 12. Value of Lessons Learned Value in Holding Lessons Learned Meetings Discuss and document lessons learned so that future projects do more of the successful things and less of the unsuccessful things.
  13. 13. Value of Lessons Learned Value in Holding Lessons Learned Meetings Reflection in project management provides the opportunity to evaluate experiences, outcomes and data and gain new insights. Without critical reflection is it challenging to learn and improve.
  14. 14. Project Management As a project manager, make time to reflect on lessons learned as this will improve your work and contribute to the success of future projects. By three methods we may learn wisdom: - First, by reflection, which is noblest; - Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and - Third by experience, which is bitterest. Confucius
  15. 15. Project Management Questions and Discussion Lessons Learned in Project Management by Sally Peters 2014

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